As the 13th version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) kicks off immediately (September 19, 2020) with defending champion Mumbai Indians taking up Chennai Super Kings (CSK), match Chairman Brijesh Patel feels that this yr`s IPL will convey the highest ever viewership within the historical past of the competitors.
In an interplay with ANI from the UAE, Patel talked in regards to the challenges confronted to host the IPL amid the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier, IPL was postponed indefinitely because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Initially, the match was scheduled to start on March 29.
“It is very satisfying to see IPL happening after all the hurdles on the way. Finally, we are able to make it happen but this is only the beginning as it is a long tournament so we cannot afford to be complacent but definitely, it is very satisfying,” Patel instructed ANI.
“I think cricket fans were a bit disappointed when it was (IPL) postponed and nothing was certain about the fate for the tournament. But now they (fans) are looking forward to seeing some live cricket so I feel this year`s viewership will be highest ever and this year`s IPL should be bigger than last year as well,” he added.
Patel additional thanked BCCI, IPL officers, and the Indian authorities for making IPL occur within the UAE. The Chairman shared how the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) supported them to host the competitors within the UAE.
“It is also the hard work and patience of all our members in BCCI and IPL officials, they have put in a lot of hard work to make it happen. To start with, it was the Indian government who gave us the nod to host the IPL abroad and would also like to thank ECB, who willingly wanted to have IPL in UAE,” Patel stated.
“See there is no hold on the pandemic, no one could control it so we had to keep waiting and watching and find out that where and when we can play. It was in no one`s hand it could be anywhere but UAE had controlled the COVID-19 situation. We are taking care of all the guidelines and giving priority to the health and safety of players which is no doubt paramount for us,” he added.
IPL will be performed throughout three venues — Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah within the UAE. Dubai will play host to 24 video games, 20 matches will be hosted by Abu Dhabi whereas Sharjah will maintain 12 video games. The dates and venues for the playoff phases will be launched later.
The opening match between the finalists of the 2019 version will be performed in Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. For the primary time within the historical past of the match, the finals will be performed on a weekday -Tuesday.
Both the afternoon and night matches will be performed half an hour sooner than ordinary this time round. There will be a complete of 10 doubleheaders in this version of the match. The night matches will be performed at 7:30 PM IST whereas the afternoon matches are resulting from begin at 3:30 pm IST.